In God we trust!! ..Do we really?

We are a very “Godly” bunch of people; most Indians. Almost all, rather I should say many of us, believe in the divine, or some form of “it” or the other. Believe is too subtle a term; we live by the name of our respective Gods, Lords, or Gurus. So entwined are our lives, our daily, weekly, monthly, sometimes annual routines with the “Godly” rituals that missing even one of those routine rituals is unacceptable.

But we do not do it for Him, or Her, or them. We just do it for ourselves now. To tell ourselves that we have done our bit, dear whoever, ok bye now…see you next week, or day, or year, or month, or the next time I enter your temple. But we do not truly trust that presence, we do not have (total) faith.

How do we know we do not have total faith? This is how:

  • We worry and fret
  • We are restless, running around trying to get this done, or that done
  • We are ever concerned that things are not going as per we planned, and then feeling misrable about it
  • We make our own plans, our own ideas of how we should be and live as per that
  • We force our kids to do what they don’t want to do, just cos we think it’s best for them
  • …and thinking all sorts of negative things that burn our insides, body and soul…and the list goes on…

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(If) you have faith, you (will) rest easy. ๐Ÿ™‚ You do not worry, as much. ๐Ÿ™‚ You (will) smile more.. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have faith, in the Universe, in God, any that makes you feel good, strong, and confident. If not God, or simply the Universe, then trust and have faith in yourself, your life. Trust that everything that happens DOES happen for the good. ๐Ÿ™‚ And you CAN smile through all that pain. It will end… ๐Ÿ™‚

It might help to think of the Universe as a huge conglomeration of various forms of (the same) energy. And you are bang in the middle of it all, connected, to everything, everyone.

“This is NOT mine. Nothing is…” Now repeat after me…

Bah! This post has been sitting, fermenting, getting stale in my head since morning; and even now I am having to make myself put my thoughts down. That’s how much of a enjoy-doing-nothing kind of a person I have become. And being a chronic procrastinator is a cherry on the top. ย ๐Ÿ™‚ Or maybe I am just enjoying this little break that magically fell into my lap. I needed it. So, thank you Universe… ๐Ÿ™‚

I had some errands to run in the morning, and on my way back, as I was sitting in the bus, enjoying the late monsoon air, striking me very enjoyably in the slow-moving bus, I saw this couple. The two happy people were posing for a picture a friend of theirs was clicking. It seemed like a merry group of 5-6 friends, stopping by to have some ‘nariyal paani’ (coconut water) by the roadside.

And I thought that this is how we spend most of our lives; putting our hands (or arms) on (or around) “things” (or people) and claiming, ‘this is mine’. If only we would (or could) stop doing that. Esp., when it comes to people. If only we could stop claiming. Free ourselves, and others. If only we could travel light, through this world, this life. If only, we could. You know what, we can… ๐Ÿ™‚

Good luck…I am with you…let’s travel light… ๐Ÿ™‚

Meditate regularly, for a happy, healthy life… :)

I haven’t been feeling particularly great today. I haven’t been feeling bad either. Yes, I did feel a slight low when I saw this sad (and not so great) movie ‘Aashiqui 2’ earlier in the day. Watching the sad, pathetic life of an addict (the protagonist is an alcoholic). And i felt that my life is not so different either. I have given up on everything and am now dependent on…nothing, and everything. I let everything happen, as it does…turning into a mere spectator. And i would’ve enjoyed that too, maybe i do, but sometimes my child’s thoughts (concerns) creep up, and so creep up related concerns, sometimes. It’s natural…

Thankfully, I remembered that I haven’t been meditating regularly of late. Regular meditation, sitting with the self, looking inside, some amount of breathing exercises, Pranayam, helps me be happy. It helps me “remember” that I am a mere spectator only if I choose to be, and if I do, then that is perfectly fine. But if I choose to be something else, I can be that also, and the good, loving, and caring Universe is going to bless that too.

Everything is fine; everything is beautiful, everything is perfect…just the way it is, or just the way you make it to be… ๐Ÿ™‚

Understanding and Tolerance are Imperative for LOVE…to find LOVE

I had this in my head in the morning. But this bout of rheumatoid arthritis which makes my joint-pains act up once in a while, led me lovingly into a sweet sleep, and i sank like a stone in water. ๐Ÿ™‚ For me, day-time siestas are much more enjoyable and satisfying.

So the small strike of lighting were two words; understanding and tolerance. The words came to my mind as I was watching this woman preach on TV. She is a very strong, determined-looking woman, I admire her. Rather, I admire all women like that; women who are strong, independent, and self-sufficient. She reminded me of a school teacher of mine. I am still in touch with her, through Facebook, this school teacher. She too is a preacher (teaches and preached the Bhagwad Gita), is a very strong woman, this school teacher.

So the woman on tv (Joyce Meyers) was talking to some other woman who was talking about her relationship with โ€œHimโ€. And I was reminded of (some) people I have met, in life, who preach about this, or that, and want one to join them, or convert to whatever faith or belief-system they are preaching. And all I could hear in my head was, understanding and tolerance. The big wide roads that lead to peace. Peace for allโ€ฆ

It doesnโ€™t matter what, or who, you have faith in, or even if you do not have faith in any โ€œGod-likeโ€ entity. What matters is that you are a good person. A person who is and tolerant. Cos’ itโ€™s only then that you will truly know love, and attract love and hence propagate peace and harmony in this world.

just don’t do it… :)

a very common thing that people often say, or advise, to each other is, “don’t sit idle”. i’d say, please do. it’s only in the sitting-idle that you might find something, someone, yourself…or better still, some answers, in case you are seeking them. try it!! ๐Ÿ™‚ go idle. don’t act, don’t think, ‘just don’t do it’. ๐Ÿ™‚

Smile!! :)

Smile! Itโ€™s the first, and the easiest way to a better you.

A very common comeback is, โ€œHow can I smile when I feel like thisโ€ฆ?โ€ Well, thatโ€™s exactly why you need to smile, cosโ€™ you are feeling โ€œlike thisโ€. How? Easy. Just stretch your lips, even though it is not coming from within, from your heart, let it spread on your face.ย :)

Yes, force a smile on your face. Trust me. Start doing that, every now-and-then. And you will feel a sweet something trickle up; before you know it, that smile will turn into a genuine expression, shining through your eyes.